Welcome! Stop by here anytime for a list of upcoming key action opportunities, including public comment sessions, public hearings, and forthcoming legislation and ways to testify. One of the most important things you can do is to make your voice heard. Please speak up for strong climate leadership!
*Please visit our online calendar for details on all of our events this month, including monthly committee meetings, additional events hosted by 350 Colorado, and upcoming trainings.
Ways to Take Action this Month: (*Updated Oct. 25, 2021)
- Make your voice heard at a public hearing on October 28th from 4-6pm at El Pueblo History Museum Atrium 301 N. Union Ave in Pueblo. Join us and call for Comanche 3 to be replaced with renewables instead of nuclear! All details on how you can take action are found in this Nuclear Free Pueblo Toolkit. Visit page 6 for specific action links!
- Send an email to your legislators (senators AND representatives), thanking them for the climate progress that was made during the 2021 legislative session and requesting a meeting with them. Please tailor the generic email in this google doc with your own personal touch, but keep it short and sweet.
- Schedule a meeting with your legislator to ask them about their plans for making climate progress in the next legislative session. Once you’ve scheduled a meeting, please let us know so that other 350 Colorado legislative committee members can attend that meeting with you. Feel free to cc or bcc Duncan@350Colorado.org on that email and we can help to coordinate.
Submit public comment to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Here are the instructions for submitting comment to the PUC. For context, Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility plans on burning coal till 2040 which is expensive and dirty and not necessary. Right now the Public Utilities Commission is in the midst of reviewing Xcel’s ‘Electric Resource Plan,’ which is how Xcel is proposing to meet the public’s energy needs over the next 10 years. Their electric resource plan could be way more climate friendly, and that is what our comments will be focused on achieving.
Send an email to your house representatives asking them to put a price on carbon in this year’s budget reconciliation when it arrives in the House.
Upcoming Hearings & Public Comment Opportunities:
Upcoming Air Quality Control Commission Public Comment Opportunities.
The signup to give general public comment at 12:30 pm on October 21 at the AQCC monthly meeting will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Here is the signup link. The public can comment about any air pollution issue during this time (beginning at 12:30 pm). Prior to public comment, there will be some presentations, including a presentation on “Review of the 2021 Ozone Season.”
On October 22, the Commission will take public comment from 9-11 am on the GEMM rule revision-a rule that deals with emissions from manufacturing. The signup for that also opens at 8 am on Tuesday. Here is the signup link for GEMM rule.
Here is 350 Public Comment on proposed rule revisions. Talking points for this rule are: 1. They are requiring the Social Cost of Carbon to be used but they do not specify at what amount. They are using an outdated discount rate of 8%. They should specify the same amount for Social Cost of Carbon and discount rate that the Colorado Legislature passed into law this year. 2. They should require third party audits of emissions reports by manufacturers, not rely on self-reporting.
Upcoming COGCC Public Comment Opportunities.
Please join us to offer public comment this month at the COGCC! We are maintaining a presence at the COGCC so that the Commissioners continue to hear from people concerned about health, safety and the environment. You can find talking points here. Don’t forget to sign up beforehand if you’d like to speak. Online sign-up is only open the week before the hearing and usually closes about 24 hours before the hearing. Submitting written comments is also a great option. Here’s where you send public comment to: email@example.com
Stay tuned for upcoming hearings. Meanwhile, please use the talking points to send an email to the COGCC with your feedback! We also have lots of great talking points in the 350CO Pause the Permits Action Hour Toolkit if you’re looking for inspiration. Please email COGCC with feedback at the email address above!
This week’s meeting is Wednesday 10/27 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Public comment is at 9:05 after Commissioner comments, so it could be a few minutes later than that.
Here is the public comment signup link. Signup for oral comment ends at noon tomorrow. You can send written comment at the same link without attending the meeting.
Here are some General talking points. We are still advocating for raising the per-well bonding cost, and not to have blanket bonding. Operators should be held responsible for the damages caused by their air emissions as well as soil and water.
Here’s the schedule, where you will also find links to sign-up to speak when they become available. We are presently focused on the issue of financial assurances. Find out more about financial assurances on this blog post.